Get Lucky (left) running second to Enhance Your Calm at Addington on debut. Photo: Race Images
Alister Black reckons Get Lucky's chances in Friday night's Yearling Sales two-year-old trot at Addington will be determined by how much the opposition has improved rather than the progress made by his own charge.
The son of Lucky Chucky debuted at Addington at the end of March and although not flawless, was the only runner close to the All Stars winner Enhance Your Calm at the end.
“I'm very happy with him,” Black said from Christchurch on the eve of the $70,000 final.
“He's going as good as he was last time, he's travelled and settled as well. It’s more how much have the others improved?”
Black said Get Lucky had a short break after the trip away and on Thursday last week, had a trip to the Wyndham trials to help ready him for his upcoming assignment.
“It was his first stand start, he wasn't used to having the 10-metre tape behind him and galloped away but not for long.
“He finished it off really well, ran the last mile in 2:03.4 and the half in 60.3.”
Safely through this week, Get Lucky will stay on in Canterbury for the $60,000 Sires Stakes race next Friday.
The Ian and Lindsay Thomson-owned gelding is currently ninth on the leaderboard for the 2YO Ruby and Black says his next two races will help make the call of whether to go or not.
“It will be Ian and Lindsay's decision but these two races will be the yardstick,” said Black.
Meantime, Black has eased up on a couple of his well-performed three-year-olds. Lawrence and Kilowatt Kid, fifth and sixth respectively in the Southern Supremacy Stakes will have a six-week break before returning to work and a possible visit to Addington for 'South of the Waitaki' races.
It’s a different story though for fellow three-year-old Vintage Cheddar, who beat hot favourite Black Ops to win on Diamonds Day. The gelding has drawn two in the Nugget final at Winton on Saturday.
“He'll be tough to beat,” Black enthused.